Stranraer has been a busy ferry port for more than a decade, with daily crossings from Cairnryan to Larne, Ireland. Although Stranraer is a small town, there is lots to enjoy. Here are the must-see attractions when visiting Stranraer Scotland and the surrounding areas, in the county of Dumfries and Galloway.
Must See Attractions When Visiting Stranraer Scotland
Castle of St John
Take a tour of the 16th-century L-plan tower house – Castle of St John, located in the heart of the town, Stranraer. Discover the fascinating stories of its history and inhabitants. Child-friendly activity room with dress up period costumes and more. There are a few levels with uneven stairs, the authenticity and character has been preserved with a modern handrail. Don’t miss a tour with Mostly Ghostly Tours, incredibly real stories and seen accounts of happenings both in the castle and the surrounding area. Very entertaining, highly recommend!
Castle Kennedy Gardens
This 4-star Visit Scotland attraction, the Castle Kennedy Gardens is located just 3 miles outside Stranraer with ample parking. Enjoy a stroll around the walled garden, the romantic ruins of the 16th-century old castle or perhaps through the Monkey Puzzle Avenue planted in 1849. There are lots of walks to explore in the 75 acres of paradise, with wildlife, bird hides and of course flora, including exotic species. Some of the longer routes can take more than an hour. Please allow ample time to enjoy your visit. After a brisk walk or possibly a stroll, why not stop to taste the delights at the cafe. There is also a small shop with gifts and toys. A great day out for all the family with events taking place throughout the season. Remember your wellies/walking boots.
Logan Botanic Garden
Located on the south west of Scotland by Port Logan, is Logan Botanic Garden. One of the most exotic gardens in Scotland, receiving warmer weather conditions from the gulf stream and Southern Hemisphere the garden is lush and full of abundance. Don’t miss Waiting for the Light Exhibition by Mark Shannon.
Mull of Galloway Experience
113 miles from Edinburgh is Scotland’s most southerly point – Mull of Galloway. Here stands one of the Stevenson lighthouses, perched on the edge of a 260ft cliff. A grandeur in design and technology, it has withstood the test of time completed in 1830. Now automated and controlled by the Northern Lighthouse Board in Edinburgh, the community gathered together to buy out the land and restore the Kelvin Diesel Engines dating back to 1955, plus lots more!
Today you can climb the 115 steps for dramatic 360-degree views looking out to Ireland and the Isle of Man. Don’t forget your certificate! Discover the history of the lighthouse, Kelvin Diesel Engines, that provided the air to power the fog horn and much more in the exhibition. After 30 years of silence, live demonstrations of the Kelvin Diesel Engines are now taking place on Sundays between 1pm – 2pm during the 2017 season. Visit the RSPB site and discover the local wildlife, there are also live webcams and binoculars. On the way out don’t miss the delicious delights at the Gallie Craig Coffee House, a cafe with a view!
The easiest way to reach all the above attractions and places of interest is to go by car. With scenic routes along the Ayrshire coast, you don’t want to miss! There is a number of small hotels, guest houses and B&B’s throughout the area. Please do book accommodation ahead to avoid disappointment.
I hope you enjoyed reading about visiting Stranraer Scotland and are inspired to visit. As always, I would love to hear from you. Please leave any comments/questions below. Happy Travels:) x
Thank you to the Castle of St John, Mostly Ghostly Tours, Castle Kennedy Gardens, Mull of Galloway Experience and the Northern Lighthouse Board.